Miranda Named Patriot League Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
Nov. 9, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- After guiding the Navy men's soccer team to an 8-6-2 record and within one win of a Patriot League Tournament berth, head coach Rich Miranda was named the Patriot League Men's Soccer Coach of the year, in voting done by league coaches. It is the first time that a Navy coach has won the honor. Also in the league voting, junior Addy Strasdas (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the All-Patriot League second team.
Miranda took over a program that scored a combined 22 goals and posted an 8-20-5 record the previous two years, and led it to its first winning season in four years. His eight wins are the most in Navy men's soccer history by a first-year coach and he led Navy to a tie for fifth place, just two points out of a third-place tie. The Mids were selected a near-unanimous eighth in the eight-team preseason poll back in August.
"This was the farthest thing from my mind. I am shocked at this award," said Miranda. "It is obviously a big honor. I owe a lot of the credit to the team and staff. I did not expect this. I am really quite speechless."
Navy will graduate just 14.8 percent of its scoring from this year's squad as it will look for its first postseason berth since 2001 next year.
Meanwhile, Strasdas was the lone Navy representative on the All-Patriot League team, garnering second-team recognition. Strasdas was second on the squad with 10 points (4 g, 2 a) from his midfielder position, sharing the team lead in goals (4). He saved his best performance of the year for last in Navy's 2-2 tie with Bucknell in the season finale. In that game, Strasdas scored Navy's first goal to cut the Bucknell lead to 2-1, then assisted on the game-winner with just three minutes left to tie the game. For his career, Strasdas has scored 13 points (5 g, 3 a).
"This is a well-deserved honor for Addy," said Miranda. "He was playing as well as anyone in the conference late in the year, and really took some games over, specifically the Army and Bucknell games. That's really what we expected him to do all year. He had a very good year for us, and we will look for more of the same next year."
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